After Kendrick Lamar dropped his debut album GKMC, not only did he grow a huge fan base, he kept us wanting more every single time. This week he surprised us with his sophmore album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ which has Kendrick fans with a lot of mixed feelings since it doesn’t bill itself as vivid movie story line like ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city did’. This album has so much substance with conflicting voices and arguing ideas that draws a crowd in listening to his tragectories.
Kendrick’s principle on this album is to focus very close to respectability politics in today’s society comparing them to small qualtiy of life improvements to be made. His criticims come with powerful self-imposed challenges like they did as well in his past work. Although the message being sent out reminds us of unofortunate events where judicial inequality has cost many the ultimate price and it might not be something we want to hear, it’s value should never go unnoticed or go bankrupt. Kendrick still plays around with his narratives with its wry, theatrical and choatic delivery not only in his voice but with the prouction used hence the live-sounding mix ditched out througout the album.
Looking past the adversity and tragedy, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is very much so a wake-up call and celebration of life. To be more aware of our surroundings by everyday waking up to becoming better individuals as stated by Bilial on ‘Institutionalized’ – “Shit don’t change until you get up and wash your a**, n*gga.”
With guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Ronald Isley, Rapsody, Thundercat, James Fauntleroy, Bilal, and Anna Wise as well as production from Pharrell Williams, Sounwave Terrace Martin, 1500 Or Nothin, Terrace Martin, Tae Beast, Taz Arnold Boi-1da and more, you can now purchase the album on itunes and/or stream it here!